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Progress Days celebrates the lifeblood of Soldotna

Something fishy's going on

Posted: Monday, July 23, 2001

The city of Soldotna has come a long way in 53 years. From a small community of 21 people connected to more settled areas only by gravel roads, it has grown to what some tour guides dub the miniature Anchorage with a population of around 4,000 people.

While Soldotna may lack the six digit population of Anchorage, over the past five decades it has emerged as one of the Kenai Peninsula's main hubs of activity.

The famous Kenai River and its lifeblood -- the salmon -- have drawn many to Soldotna. Whether newcomers stay for a lifetime or only a few days or weeks, everybody's life has been touched by the salmon fishing industry in one way or another.

Therefore, "2001: A Fish Odyssey" was chosen as the theme for this year's Soldotna Progress Days celebration. The fish focus was decided upon to emphasize both the exhibit at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center, promoting cooperation between Soldotna and its sister city, and the salmon itself, which provides livelihoods for many in the commercial and sport-fishing worlds.

This year, the celebration has several new events. In the salmon spirit, the Kenai Watershed Forum in cooperation with the city of Soldotna has expanded the annual Soldotna Creek Celebration. The afternoon will be full of free food, music and games.

Also during the celebration, the People's Choice Awards will be announced for the favorite cars from the Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions first car show. This addition to Progress Days will take place Saturday. Cars from the Lions' drag races and the Peninsula Classic Auto Club will be on display so residents may vote on their favorite.

In other transportation excitement, the Central Peninsula Air Fair has been added to the festivities for aviation fanatics. It spans the entire weekend with camping, barbecuing, fishing and, indubitably, flying. Additionally, a dedication of the first plane built in Soldotna has been scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Soldotna airport.

Of course, the tried and true Progress Days Parade will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, followed by festivities on West Park Avenue.

The Peninsula Clarion joins Soldotna residents, businesses and community leaders in inviting you to celebrate Progress Days. The Clarion publishes this special edition each year to promote the celebration and look at some of the people and events that make Soldotna a great place to live, visit and do business.

BYLINE1:By CARLY BOSSERT

BYLINE2:Peninsula Clarion

The city of Soldotna has come a long way in 53 years. From a small community of 21 people connected to more settled areas only by gravel roads, it has grown to what some tour guides dub the miniature Anchorage with a population of around 4,000 people.

While Soldotna may lack the six digit population of Anchorage, over the past five decades it has emerged as one of the Kenai Peninsula's main hubs of activity.

The famous Kenai River and its lifeblood -- the salmon -- have drawn many to Soldotna. Whether newcomers stay for a lifetime or only a few days or weeks, everybody's life has been touched by the salmon fishing industry in one way or another.

Therefore, "2001: A Fish Odyssey" was chosen as the theme for this year's Soldotna Progress Days celebration. The fish focus was decided upon to emphasize both the exhibit at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center, promoting cooperation between Soldotna and its sister city, and the salmon itself, which provides livelihoods for many in the commercial and sport-fishing worlds.

This year, the celebration has several new events. In the salmon spirit, the Kenai Watershed Forum in cooperation with the city of Soldotna has expanded the annual Soldotna Creek Celebration. The afternoon will be full of free food, music and games.

Also during the celebration, the People's Choice Awards will be announced for the favorite cars from the Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions first car show. This addition to Progress Days will take place Saturday. Cars from the Lions' drag races and the Peninsula Classic Auto Club will be on display so residents may vote on their favorite.

In other transportation excitement, the Central Peninsula Air Fair has been added to the festivities for aviation fanatics. It spans the entire weekend with camping, barbecuing, fishing and, indubitably, flying. Additionally, a dedication of the first plane built in Soldotna has been scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Soldotna airport.

Of course, the tried and true Progress Days Parade will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, followed by festivities on West Park Avenue.

The Peninsula Clarion joins Soldotna residents, businesses and community leaders in inviting you to celebrate Progress Days. The Clarion publishes this special edition each year to promote the celebration and look at some of the people and events that make Soldotna a great place to live, visit and do business.

CREDIT:Clarion file photo

CAPTION:The Progress Days parade makes its way down Binkley Street last summer.

BYLINE1:By CARLY BOSSERT

BYLINE2:Peninsula Clarion

The city of Soldotna has come a long way in 53 years. From a small community of 21 people connected to more settled areas only by gravel roads, it has grown to what some tour guides dub the miniature Anchorage with a population of around 4,000 people.

While Soldotna may lack the six digit population of Anchorage, over the past five decades it has emerged as one of the Kenai Peninsula's main hubs of activity.

The famous Kenai River and its lifeblood -- the salmon -- have drawn many to Soldotna. Whether newcomers stay for a lifetime or only a few days or weeks, everybody's life has been touched by the salmon fishing industry in one way or another.

Therefore, "2001: A Fish Odyssey" was chosen as the theme for this year's Soldotna Progress Days celebration. The fish focus was decided upon to emphasize both the exhibit at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center, promoting cooperation between Soldotna and its sister city, and the salmon itself, which provides livelihoods for many in the commercial and sport-fishing worlds.

This year, the celebration has several new events. In the salmon spirit, the Kenai Watershed Forum in cooperation with the city of Soldotna has expanded the annual Soldotna Creek Celebration. The afternoon will be full of free food, music and games.

Also during the celebration, the People's Choice Awards will be announced for the favorite cars from the Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions first car show. This addition to Progress Days will take place Saturday. Cars from the Lions' drag races and the Peninsula Classic Auto Club will be on display so residents may vote on their favorite.

In other transportation excitement, the Central Peninsula Air Fair has been added to the festivities for aviation fanatics. It spans the entire weekend with camping, barbecuing, fishing and, indubitably, flying. Additionally, a dedication of the first plane built in Soldotna has been scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Soldotna airport.

Of course, the tried and true Progress Days Parade will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, followed by festivities on West Park Avenue.

The Peninsula Clarion joins Soldotna residents, businesses and community leaders in inviting you to celebrate Progress Days. The Clarion publishes this special edition each year to promote the celebration and look at some of the people and events that make Soldotna a great place to live, visit and do business.

HEAD:Progress Days celebrates the lifeblood of Soldotna

HEAD:Something fishy's going on!

BYLINE1:By CARLY BOSSERT

BYLINE2:Peninsula Clarion

The city of Soldotna has come a long way in 53 years. From a small community of 21 people connected to more settled areas only by gravel roads, it has grown to what some tour guides dub the miniature Anchorage with a population of around 4,000 people.

While Soldotna may lack the six digit population of Anchorage, over the past five decades it has emerged as one of the Kenai Peninsula's main hubs of activity.

The famous Kenai River and its lifeblood -- the salmon -- have drawn many to Soldotna. Whether newcomers stay for a lifetime or only a few days or weeks, everybody's life has been touched by the salmon fishing industry in one way or another.

Therefore, "2001: A Fish Odyssey" was chosen as the theme for this year's Soldotna Progress Days celebration. The fish focus was decided upon to emphasize both the exhibit at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center, promoting cooperation between Soldotna and its sister city, and the salmon itself, which provides livelihoods for many in the commercial and sport-fishing worlds.

This year, the celebration has several new events. In the salmon spirit, the Kenai Watershed Forum in cooperation with the city of Soldotna has expanded the annual Soldotna Creek Celebration. The afternoon will be full of free food, music and games.

Also during the celebration, the People's Choice Awards will be announced for the favorite cars from the Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions first car show. This addition to Progress Days will take place Saturday. Cars from the Lions' drag races and the Peninsula Classic Auto Club will be on display so residents may vote on their favorite.

In other transportation excitement, the Central Peninsula Air Fair has been added to the festivities for aviation fanatics. It spans the entire weekend with camping, barbecuing, fishing and, indubitably, flying. Additionally, a dedication of the first plane built in Soldotna has been scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Soldotna airport.

Of course, the tried and true Progress Days Parade will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, followed by festivities on West Park Avenue.

The Peninsula Clarion joins Soldotna residents, businesses and community leaders in inviting you to celebrate Progress Days. The Clarion publishes this special edition each year to promote the celebration and look at some of the people and events that make Soldotna a great place to live, visit and do business.



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